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Wings for Life is a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation. Our mission is to find a cure for spinal cord injury. We fund world-class scientific research and clinical trials around the globe aimed at healing the injured spinal cord.  

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“The Accident Just Happened”

“The Accident Just Happened”

Former pole vault athlete Kira Grünberg sat down with us to explain what a spinal cord injury means for a woman in particular and why she still hopes to have children one day.

Dancing molecules

Dancing molecules

In an experiment with molecules in motion, US scientists were able to reverse paralysis. As a gel they are injected directly into the spinal cord.

Unveiling the scar

Unveiling the scar

After injury a scar develops in the spinal cord tissue. A scientific team led by Jonas Frisén and Christian Göritz uncovered some interesting facts about its development and structure.

The Labyrinth of Science

The Labyrinth of Science

The path to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries is not straight, but winding and abounding with deviations. But what are the biggest hurdles on this path, and how can science overcome them?

What is the impact of rehabilitation?

What is the impact of rehabilitation?

Volker Dietz analyses an important question: does rehabilitation lead to significant improved motor function compared to spontaneous recovery alone?

New guideline for patients available

New guideline for patients available

Which experimental treatments should be considered as reliable? And how are clinical trials carried out? A newly edited guide is providing much needed answers.

We are funding 20 new projects!

We are funding 20 new projects!

After this year’s Decision Meeting, we are going to fund 20 new projects. This means in total 64 studies worldwide are being funded by Wings for Life to find a cure for spinal cord injuries.

Spinal cord injury under the microscope

Spinal cord injury under the microscope

A group of Uruguayan scientists revealed how spinal cord injury alters structure in important key cells.

Ludwig Guttmann Prize for Dr Anja Raab

Ludwig Guttmann Prize for Dr Anja Raab

Anja Raab gives people the strength to breathe. Now her doctoral thesis has been awarded a prestigious prize.

Magnetic power to promote regeneration

Magnetic power to promote regeneration

Magnetic bacteria were used to strongly promote growth of neurons. Scientists compared several types of magnetic particles in experiments, and the living organisms had the most powerful effect.

Claire Danson

Claire Danson

In 2019, Claire Danson's life changed forever. This is the story of an incredibly strong, young woman.

Talents in Science

Talents in Science

“You get what you put in.” Aya Takeoka about her life as a neuroscientist and her current project.